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Information on all of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC map pack releases and rumors.

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Summary of all MW3 Content Collections and DLC



It has been a confusing year with Modern Warfare 3 DLC to say the least, with a brand new Content Drop system alongside the new ELITE feature and new DLC each month there has been a lot of information to absorb. This post here is designed to sum up all the ELITE DLC Season and all the Content Collection Map Packs currently available.

Modern Warfare 3 has been the first ever Call of Duty game which has expanded its DLC content beyond just Multiplayer maps, MW3 has included a huge number of brand new Spec Ops missions as well as new game modes.

All Content Collections are priced at 1200 Microsoft points / $15.

The ELITE DLC Season will end for the Xbox 360 in September and will end for PS3 players in November.

Content Collection Map Pack 1 is currently available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. It includes 4 Multiplayer Maps and 2 Spec Ops Missions.

Collection 1 includes the following 6 pieces of unique content:

  • Liberation
  • Piazza
  • Overwatch
  • BlackBox
  • Black Ice
  • Negotiator

Full information on Content Collection Map Pack 1 (Click Here)

Content Collection Map Pack 2 is currently available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. It includes 3 Multiplayer Maps, 2 Spec Ops Missions and 2 Face Off maps.

Collection 2 includes the following 7 pieces of unique content:

  • Sanctuary
  • Foundation
  • Oasis
  • Kill Switch
  • Ironclad
  • Getaway
  • Lookout

Face Off is a game mode which is available for all MW3 players for free and was released alongside two free maps outside of any content collections and ELITE dlc season.

“Normally in itself one-on-one isn’t particularly creatively innovative, but what we’ve done is design the maps deliberately for this style of play. In normal map development you have large maps that have long sight lines, then when you make smaller maps you shorten the sight line – the engagement distance becomes smaller when the map becomes smaller.”

Full information on Content Collection Map Pack 2 (Click Here)

Content Collection Map Pack 3 (Known as the Chaos Map Pack) will be available for the Xbox 360 on the 8th of August and just over a month later for the PlayStation 3 and PC. Collection 3 includes 4 Spec Ops missions, 3 Face Off maps and a brand new game mode called Chaos Mode.

Collection 3 includes the following 8 pieces of unique content:

  • Arctic Recon
  • Vertigo
  • Light ‘Em Up
  • Special Delivery
  • Vortext
  • U-Turn
  • Intersection
  • Chaos Game Mode

Chaos Game Mode: A whole new way to play Call of Duty®, Special Ops Chaos mode delivers the ultimate in arcade mayhem. Experience truly heart-pounding and adrenaline-fueled action while competing for high scores in Resistance, Village, Underground and Dome. Chain kills t ogether against a never-ending onslaught of enemies to increase your combo multiplier and earn performance enhancing perks. Choose your route through each map to optimize weapon pickups, attack, and escape options. Play solo, split screen or online with a friend to take out as many enemies as possible before they take you down or the clock hits zero.

Full information on Content Collection 3 here.


Saluting Modern Warfare® 3′s Season of Content, the fourth and final DLC collection deploys with five all-new Multiplayer Maps. Surrounded by mountains, “Gulch” sends combatants into a forgotten mining town with only mine shafts and equipment sheds for cover. The Jersey coast awaits in “Boardwalk,” where fun in the sun means facing enemies on the beach. Players must earn their sea legs on “Off shore” and “Decommission,” where deadly oceanic oilrigs and a maze of rotting ocean liners provide the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat. Rounding out the collection is a trip to New Orleans’ war-torn French Quarter, where “Parish” pits players against one another amidst the city’s rubble.

Collection 4 includes the following 5 pieces of unique content:

  •  Decomission
  • Off Shore
  • Glutch
  • Boardwalk
  • Parish

View the full information on Content Collection 4 here!

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Modern Warfare 3: Content Collection 4


It feels like only yesterday we were talking about how excited we were about Liberation and Piazza back in January when the MW3 DLC Season kicked off but now 8 months later we are about to mark the end of the Modern Warfare 3 content season with Content Collection Map Pack 4.

Content Collection 4 is the last and final map pack available for all non-premium ELITE MW3 Players. If you don’t have any extra content for MW3 yet then Collection 4 will definitely be the one to get as it include FIVE brand new multiplayer maps. So if Face Off and Spec Ops missions aren’t your thing and you love the good old fashioned Call of Duty gaming then Collection 4 is the one to get.

Content Collection 4 Release Dates:

Xbox 360: 6th of September 2012
PlayStation 3: Sometime in October 2012
PC: Sometime in October 2012

Content Collection 4 includes the following ELITE Content Drops: 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24.

ELITE Drop 16 is a Multiplayer map called Decomission. A graveyard of rotting [or add decommissioned here] ocean liners has not only given birth to a shantytown of locals, but a mid-sized Multiplayer Map populated in chokepoints; providing the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat.

ELITE Drop 17 is a Multiplayer map called Offshore. Trapped on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, you have nowhere to go but directly at your enemies in this new Multiplayer map boasting helipads, cranes, and countless perches for snipers eager to pick off the competition. Did we mention to look down or else you may fall off?

 ELITE DROP 22: Gulch: Decades after fires charred this forgotten mining town, the red rock canyon gains new shades of red in “Gulch,” where the surrounding mountains, mine shafts and equipment sheds craft a perfect setting for high-tension combat.

ELITE DROP 23: Boardwalk: Head to the Jersey Coast for a sunny afternoon in “Boardwalk,” where you’ll face your enemies on the beach and fight for dominance at the arcade while still finding time to cut the line at the rollercoaster.

ELITE DROP 24: Parish: Wishful thinking won’t keep you safe in New Orleans’ war-torn French Quarter in “Parish,” where a local bombed-out church plays host to close-quarters combat amidst the city’s rubble.


How do I get it the drops?

If you are an Elite premium member then the next time you go into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer you will get a message saying that new content is available and then it will download it automatically. If not then make sure you visit the “Store” menu option where you should be presented with a message. The content will roll out slowly around the world so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t show up straight away.

There is more detailed information on how to download it here for Elite members on this page.

To play the new maps: Once you’ve downloaded the new maps there will be a new playlist type called Elite Playlists for online Multiplayer, from which you can play your new maps. Also for survival mode, there will be an option called “The struggle continues with all new maps”, select that and you’re on your way!

Content Collection 4 will cost $15 or 1200 Microsoft points.

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Modern Warfare 3: ELITE Content Drops 16, 17 & 18


Missing new multiplayer maps from MW3 in the past few months? We sure have been but not to worry! The July DLC for Xbox 360 is about to change all that with two brand new multiplayer maps and a Spec Ops mission called Vertigo on their way.

For the past few months Modern Warfare 3′s DLC season has been taken up with the awesome Face Off game mode which now has a total of 7 maps available for it. Of course Face Off isn’t for everyone so it’s brilliant that multiplayer maps are returning.

Also, outside of the ELITE DLC Season, Terminal will be releasing free the same month as these brand new content drops. Xbox 360 ELITE Players will receive Terminal on the 17th and all other 360 player will on the 18th. Full info here.

Content Drops 16 – 18 Release Dates:

Xbox 360 Elite Subscriber: 17th July 2012
PlayStation 3 Elite Subscriber: Around 19th August 2012
Xbox 360: Somepoint in July as part of Map Pack 3.
PlayStation 3: Somepoint in August as part of Map Pack 3.
PC: Somepoint in August as part of Map Pack 3.

ELITE Drop 16 is a Multiplayer map called Decomission. A graveyard of rotting [or add decommissioned here] ocean liners has not only given birth to a shantytown of locals, but a mid-sized Multiplayer Map populated in chokepoints; providing the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat.

ELITE Drop 17 is a Multiplayer map called Offshore. Trapped on an oil rig in the middle of the ocean, you have nowhere to go but directly at your enemies in this new Multiplayer map boasting helipads, cranes, and countless perches for snipers eager to pick off the competition. Did we mention to look down or else you may fall off?

ELITE Drop 18 is a brand new Spec Ops mission called Vertigo.The luxurious “Oasis” hotel in Dubai hosts the latest Special Ops mission, in which players must use laser-guided RPG’s to dispatch waves of helicopters. Utilize rooftop advantage to defend from waves of enemies, before parachuting to a ground-level exfil point.

How do I get it the drops?

If you are an Elite premium member then the next time you go into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer you will get a message saying that new content is available and then it will download it automatically. If not then make sure you visit the “Store” menu option where you should be presented with a message. The content will roll out slowly around the world so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t show up straight away.

There is more detailed information on how to download it here for Elite members on this page.

Note: You can still become an Elite member after the Drops have been released and still get all the Drops that have been and will be released.

If you are not an Elite member then you will need to wait till the content is released as part of a map pack which will include 5 pieces of content. Then you can purchase it through the PlayStation Network, XBOX Live or Steam (For PC users).

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Modern Warfare 3: Content Drops 13, 14 & 15

Like Face Off? Then you’ll love ELITE Content Drops 13 – 15 as it features 3 brand new maps for the brand new game mode as well as a new Spec Ops mission which is offering some exciting and unique gameplay! Don’t worry though if Face Off isn’t your thing as Mark Rubin has confirmed that no more Face Off maps will be coming to Modern Warfare 3, instead standard multiplayer maps will be returing in the next content drops.

Drops 13-15 will be the first to be create the third content collection map pack for Modern Warfare 3.

Content Drops 13 – 15 Release Dates:

Xbox 360 Elite Subscriber: 19th June 2012
PlayStation 3 Elite Subscriber: 19th July 2012
Xbox 360: Somepoint in July as part of Map Pack 3.
PlayStation 3: Somepoint in August as part of Map Pack 3.
PC: Somepoint in August as part of Map Pack 3.

The first piece of new content (ELITE DROP 13) is the Spec Ops mission called “Arctic Recon”. Requiring surgical precision by air, land, and sea, this new Special Ops mission tasks you with destroying a Russian battleship by planting beacons for an air strike. Take control of a recon helicopter to reveal the beacon locations before fighting off forces on the ground to ensure the ship never leaves port. This mission requires two players so make sure you select your teammate wisely!

Arctic Recon

Next up we have ELITE DROP 14 which for some weird reason consists of two pieces of content: “Vortex” and “U-Turn”. In Vortex no storm shelter can keep you safe, the all-new “Face Off” map that places you just outside the danger zone of a devastating tornado. This one reminds us of Overgrown from previous Modern Warfare games!

An old ranch house sits threatened by the approach of a raging tornado. The front porch and sprawling shrubbery intensifies combat to the south with a tight line of sight. An open field stretches across the north, with a cornfield and central hill obscuring visuals, making ambush an ever-present threat.

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Vortex Tactical View

U-Turn is a bombed-out, gridlocked highway provides a perfect backdrop for combatants on this all-new “Face Off” map, where oil fields burn black high above six-lanes’ worth of abandoned cars, buses and paths for attack.

A militarized highway cuts across a burning oil field, with damaged vehicles strewn about four vertical lanes. Minimal overhead cover increases the threat of aerial killstreaks and the surrounding clutter makes detection much more difficult. Keep a low profile, sweep the area, and get the jump on your target.

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U-Turn Tactical View

ELITE DROP 15: A New York bridge overpass provides the backdrop for this all-new “Face Off” map, Intersection in which an ultra-condensed 2-block battle zone allows players to fight on the first and second floors of surrounding apartments and bombed-out bodegas.

Four buildings circle a large cross street, encouraging players to dig in and fight it out across the map. Race out into the open and expect to quickly come under fire. Stick to the interior, protect your position with ground explosives, and book it only when the enemy starts pushing toward your location.

Intersection

Intersection Tactical View


Three brand new Achievement / Trophies have also been added to the game as a result of the Arctic Recon Spec Ops mission:

  • Stay Frosty: Complete the “Arctic Recon” Special Ops mission on any difficulty. (15G)
  • Sub Zero: Complete the “Arctic Recon” Special Ops mission on Veteran difficulty.
  • dr0n3d: Complete the “Arctic Recon” Special Ops mission in under 3:30.

How do I get it the drops?

If you are an Elite premium member then the next time you go into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer you will get a message saying that new content is available and then it will download it automatically. If not then make sure you visit the “Store” menu option where you should be presented with a message. The content will roll out slowly around the world so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t show up straight away.

There is more detailed information on how to download it here for Elite members on this page.

Note: You can still become an Elite member after the Drops have been released and still get all the Drops that have been and will be released.

If you are not an Elite member then you will need to wait till the content is released as part of a map pack which will include 5 pieces of content. Then you can purchase it through the PlayStation Network, XBOX Live or Steam (For PC users).

 

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Review: What is the best multiplayer map from Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1?


Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1, it has been out a while now (for PS3 & Xbox at least!) so hopefully most of us will have got all the ‘Nommy’ content it holds via an ELITE subscription or by purchasing the map pack. Map Pack 1 brings us 6 pieces of brand new content into Modern Warfare 3, four of them are new Multiplayer Maps and two are Spec Ops missions, something which has never before been included in Call of Duty DLC season. Since multiplayer is the portion of the game we are all going to be playing most, the maps for that are likely to be contributing factor on whether to buy the Map Pack.

So whats the best one!?

Before we start, take a  look at the video below which summarises all the maps in the first Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack. It is fair to say that every single map that the first pack includes is unique and a real hoot to play so there really shouldn’t be any maps you are disapointed with, although some are better than others due to certain short comings and problems! 

 We will start by looking at the first piece of content in Map Pack 1, a multiplayer map called Liberation:

Liberation takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. The map is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. Two things comes to mind when I think of Liberation: BIG & SNIPERS. Liberation is possibly the biggest multiplayer map in all of Modern Warfare 3 while at the same time being almost completely open on the surface, snipers have access to a huge view across the whole map. While non-sniper classes can get around the map via the dried up lake and certain underground areas, at heart Liberation is a sniping map. That said, the map can work quite well for runner classes which can use the huge map to their advantage to flank behind the enemy snipers and wreak havok!

Visually the map is fantastic, its got a greatn leafy Autumn feel going on. The only down fall to Liberation is that because of its sheer size when playing non-objective based matches such as Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed I rarely find myself in a game which actually reaches the required score. The size of the map casues the game to be slow and frankly quite boring since finding enemies is quite a challange, on objective based games it is great since all players have mutual places to fight for but if you are a big fan of TDM or KC then Liberation probbably isn’t for you.

So Liberation was one of the biggest maps in Modern Warfare 3, what does that mean for the second map Piazza? Thats right! Piazza is one of the smallest maps in Modern Warfare 3 and one word sums it up pretty nicely: INTENSE.

Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Piazza is pretty much the oppositve of Liberation, it is not made for snipers at all, if you can manage to snipe in Piazza then I take my hat off to you!

Piazza has lots of verticle combat areas, lots of stairs and lots of chairs! (Eh?) Piazza was a nice little sea side town, where the village folk would spend their days in their plastic chairs in the sun drinking tea! At least until you arrived and started blowing it all up… I really like Piazza because it has so many great combat areas, the verticle-ness of the map is what makes it truly unique and it gives me a great excuse to whip out my SMG! Piazza is great for all game modes so it should appeal to everyone! (Unless you are a full on Sniper)

Next up we have Conent Drop 3, Overwatch possibly my favourite map in all of Modern Warfare 3 at the moment but the winner shall be revealed at the end…

Remember Highrise from MW2? Remember how AWESOME it was? Yeah, Overwatch is just like Highrise and it is just as awesome. Cranes you can climb on & Secret locations? Check. Potential to fall 80 stories to your death? Check! It’s definatley like Highrise!

Shots break out on a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper, 80 stories up. Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. It has 13 thousand square feet of death dealing extravagance, complete with a restaurant, a pent house and loads of sniping nooks and crannies.  Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below to your untimely death!

Overwatch is just fantastic. It is a map which is pretty much even no matter which side you start on, its symetrical in most ways. Overwatch is different to other maps in Modern Warfare 3 because the whole map is two seperate levels, you’ve got the top and the bottom levels (obviously) but each one offers something different. Non-Objective based game modes are an absolute rush, especially at the beginning where all players rush to look down the middle straight at each other and snap up that First Blood achievement! You’ll be firing at the enemy quicker than you do in Dome, so you know it is definatley special.

Unlike Liberation & Piazza, Overwatch will appeal to all players in Modern Warfare 3 becasue it will suit to you no matter your play style. I can easily pull off top score on an Overwatch map with a sniper rifile or with an SMG, when that happens, you’ve got a killer map!

One big frustration with Overwatch though I find is the position of Domination flag B, it is right in the middle of the map and is, at times near impossible to capture since you are exposed to attack from every single angle while you capture it, you’ll be chuffed if you do capture it though but it is definitley a challange!

The final Multiplayer Map in the first collection is Black Box.

Battle beside and through the wreckage of a downed  Air Force One in “Black Box.” Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. With clear sight lines from house to house, however, snipers are far from safe, with counter-sniping an ever-present threat to their dominance. Those that prefer close-quarters combat can succeed in the tight confines of the crashed airplane or in hunting down enemies posted up within any of the surrounding homes.

Black Box is another, brilliant addition to Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer because it is so different from the maps currently available, the lovely houses and grass make Black Box great to look at too which is always a bonus! Before I played Black Box I expected a fairly small map but as it turns out Black Box is actually pretty big, on par with Liberation in fact! The difference is though, Black Box works as a big map for all player styles because the map has three main buildings in it which seperate the map well and don’t create huge sniper views. This means Assault rifle and SMG players will love Black Box just as much as everyone else because but snipers still have the best opportunities.

Black Box really does offer everything as a map though, you can have your long range fights outside between houses and your close quarters intense moments inside them! I always think of Black Box like Estate from MW2, just with 3 houses instead of one.

Domination is probbably the best game mode for Black Box since the flag positions are so strategically place, capturing each one requires a different way of approaching and has numerous ways of defending. The only downside to Black Box is it is a very square map, with no underground areas it can feel a little plain at times.

The moment of truth: The Conclusion.

Above we have 4 brand new maps, each one offering something completely different to the Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer experience but for me, one sticks out above all the rest. To summarise:

  • Liberation: Great for snipers but too big!
  • Piazza: Intense SMG fun & fast paced action but very small.
  • Overwatch: Appeals to all players! Falling off the edge can get annoying though!
  • Black Box: Awesome visuals but lacks something special I can’t quite put my finger on!

The map that really shines for me is Overwatch, it just offers so much to the game and works in literally all game modes for all players. There are certain sections of Overwatch where you’ll be fighting the enemy like never before! Visually the whole map is stunning too, you can look off into the distance at the whole of New York city and gaze at is beauty while taking down the enemy in a carefully constructed and tactially thought out map.

If you haven’t got the first Map Pack for Modern Warfare 3 then don’t hesitate about buying it, it is seriously worth it, just for Overwatch!!

Content Collection Map Pack 1 is available now for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 & PC for $15.

What is your favourite map from Map Pack 1 in MW3? Let us know in the comments below.